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Fred Shipman was born 14 January 1946 in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England, United Kingdom to Harold Frederick Shipman (1915-1985) and Vera Brittan (1920-1963) and died 13 January 2004 HM Prison Wakefield, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom of self-hanging. He married Primrose May Oxtoby (c1949) .

Harold Frederick Shipman (14 January 1946 - 13 January 2004) was a convicted British serial killer who was found responsible for causing the deaths of over two hundred and fifty patients for whom he was the GP (General Practitioner). Shipman was arrested in 1998 after suspicions were raised surrounding the circumstances of his patients' deaths (as well as their death certificates, and, for some, their wills) and was tried and sentenced to life imprisonment in 2000 - which he ended by suicide in 2004.

Early years

Harold Frederick Shipman was born on the 14th January 1946 in Nottingham; the second child and eldest son of Harold Frederick Shipman (1915-1985) and his wife Vera Brittan (1920-1963).


Offspring of Fred Shipman and Primrose May Oxtoby (c1949)  ¢
Name Birth Death Joined with
Sarah Rosemary Shipman (1967) 14 February 1967 England, United Kingdom
Christopher Fredrick Shipman (1971)
David Shipman (1979)
Sam Shipman (1982)


Shipman had two siblings: Pauline R Shipman (1938) and Clive J Shipman (1950).


After graduating from the Leeds School of Medicine in 1970, Shipman began work at Pontefract General Hospital, and four years later became a GP in Todmorden; a position which he later carried on with in Hyde in 1977, where he continued to work for the next decade, during which he founded his own surgery.

Suspicions of criminal activity were only raised however during 1998 when a distinctive high death rate was noticed amongst Shipman's patients. Despite this, the police dropped the charges when there was insufficient evidence to prove Shipman's guilt. However, the investigation was brought back up again later that year, when it appeared that the will of Shipman's last victim (Kathleen Grundy) had been written so that Shipman instead of her family gained everything. The police once again were alerted, and this time Shipman was arrested on suspicion of murder. Shipman was sentenced to life imprisonment for murder and four years for forgery in 2000; with the judge recommending that he was never to be released.


Shipman commited suicide by hanging during the early hours of the 13th January 2004 in his prison cell at Wakefield Prison, Wakefield at the age of 57.

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